Former MLA Martin faces charges

Former Member of the Legislative Assembly Lyndon Leathan Martin appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday on eight charges.

Now 36, he served as second elected MLA for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman from 2000 to 2005. In the last General Elections on 11 May, 2005, he placed third in a field of seven candidates for the constituency’s two seats.

One charge against him is making a false document. Details allege that on 9 May 2006 he unlawfully made a certificate purporting that it was a fixed-term work permit granting authorisation to a named person to continue employment until 31 December 2006.

In relation to that same person, he is charged with unlawful alteration of an official government receipt and unlawfully causing that person to be in possession of the altered official document.

There are three charges of obtaining property by deception relating to another person. They allege that the defendant received sums of CI$100, $475 and $250, deceiving a man into believing that the money would be used in the submission of a Residence and Rights Certificate application for the man’s spouse.

Dates of the alleged offences are between 1 January and 1 April 2005; 10 – 31 July 2005; 1 – 31 March 2006.

A charge of attempting to obtain property by deception refers to $1,020 in the form of a bank draft in March 2005.

The eighth charge is obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception. It alleges dishonestly receiving CI$100, but no date is given.

Attorney Lloyd Samson appeared on behalf of the defendant, telling Magistrate Nova Hall that he required papers from the Crown in the matter.

The magistrate put the matter over until 31 January.